Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Christopherson Appointed as District 3 City Council Member

The Taylorsville City Council voted 3-1 to appoint Brad Christopherson as the council member over district 3, which covers the city’s southeast quadrant.

The council publicly interviewed the seven applicants for the position and originally narrowed it down to four - Christopherson, Tally Pond, Dave Ballou and Daryl Gudmundson.

Christopherson, 35, owns his own law practice and has lived in Taylorsville his whole life. He and his wife, Wendy, have three children. The new council member is a Republican state delegate and serves on the Calvin Smith Elementary school community council.

“Everything good that’s happened to me in my life has happened here in Taylorsville,” said Christopherson. “I have a love of public service and believe that being involved is a duty and responsibility.”

Christopherson said he is happy about the city’s recent decision to move the police department to Unified Police Department, and wants to make sure the city’s fire protection is adequate. He also said that economic development needs to be a focus. “If we can increase the business activity in the city, we have a better chance to pay for services without raising taxes.”

Council Chair Dama Barbour said the council is excited to have a full council and to get to work. She also praised the seven applicants who made a great showing during the interview process. “Brad hits an age demographic that we don’t currently have on the council. He will have some fresh ideas and we’re excited to experience the new energy he will bring to the council,” said Barbour.

The District 3 City Council seat was vacated earlier this month when then-council member Jerry Rechtenbach was appointed as interim mayor to fill Russ Wall’s remaining term. Wall resigned to serve as the Salt Lake County Public Works Director.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Eagle Scouts Projects

Wanted: Any Eagle Scouts who have done their final Eagle project for the city.

If you or anyone you know has done a city or emergency preparedness Eagle project for Taylorsville, please contact Lisa Schwartz at 801-955-2092 or These young men will be recognized at a city council meeting in February.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

What Does a Council Member Do?

Since there is currently an open council seat in district 3, we wanted to let you know some of the things that council members do. Thanks to Council member Kristie Overson for her help in making this list:

A Council member attends and participates in at least three public meetings monthly.

A Council member reads, studies, and scrutinizes all packet information prior to Council meetings.

The Council adopts and closely monitors the city budget.

A Council member communicates with residents through personal visits, email, phone calls, neighborhood meetings, social gatherings, etc.

A Council member tries to make himself/herself available week days, evenings, weekends and occasionally Sundays to attend various service projects, ribbon cuttings, open houses, ground breakings, community events and other activities which benefit, highlight, and promote Taylorsville.

The Council appoints citizens to various committees.

The Council appoints residents to the Planning Commission.

A Council member is an advisor to various committees in Taylorsville, and is expected to attend meetings to which he/she is assigned, including: Budget committee, Economic Development committee, Historic Preservation committee, Arts Council, Green committee, Healthy Taylorsville committee, Public Safety committee, Ordinance Review committee.

A Council member is also assigned to other boards and committees throughout the city and county, such as: the Taxing Entity committee, Chamber West, Salt Lake Sanitation board, Taylorsville Cemetery board, Mosquito Abatement District, Association of Municipal Governments and other committees as appropriate.

The Council chair and Vice-chair meet weekly with the Mayor and staff to review the upcoming Council meeting agenda.

A Council member meets with scout troops wanting assistance with Citizenship merit badges.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New Business Park/Employment Center Announced in Taylorsville

A new 95-acre business park has been announced on 6200 South between 3200 West and Bangerter Highway. After unanimous approval by the Taxing Entity Committee, this property offers a new, uncongested and dynamic location for companies needing to expand or move to the center of the Salt Lake Valley.

The Bennion Point Business Park is zoned for business, research and development and fills an existing void in the central and western quadrant of Salt Lake County for flex, light industrial and office space.

The proposed land uses include: 57 acres flex, light industrial and office space; 14 acres single family; 9 acres neighborhood commercial; with the remainder making up open space, roads and a park. The site is projected to accommodate about 700,000 square feet of commercial buildings and approximately 1,000 employees at build-out.

Incentives from tax increment financing is available as approved, up to $14 million and will be reimbursed annually.

Taylorsville City is actively seeking light industrial, flex and office users – including data centers, back office, financial, indoor manufacturing and assembly, corporate and distribution.

Interested developers, users, builders or tenants should contact Wayne Harper, Assistant to the Mayor for Business and Economic Development, at or 801-955-2024.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

City Council Update 1/16/13

The 1/16/13 city council meeting began with Councilmember Johnson's cute 5 year old granddaughter leading the Pledge.

Police Matters
Ed and Cindy Nielsen are residents in District 4 that were recognized by Police Chief Tracy Wyant and Detective Jennifer Gober for their assistance in a police matter. They called about some suspicious activity in their neighborhood and that resulted in some stolen property recovered.

Chief Wyant also recognized Detective Aaron Lavin as the November 2012 Officer of the Month. Lavin observed a significant delivery of marijuana (20 lbs, worth over $50,000) that was seized, as well as $61,000 in drug money. He has been working with the Federal authorities in this case. He was recognized for his immediate response to a citizen complaint and professionalism in handling this case.

Chief Wyant recognized Detective Scott Lloyd as the December 2012 Officer of the Month. Lloyd observed an active assault and his use of deadly force saved a young woman's life. He was applauded for his ability to immediately assess this dangerous situation and respond accordingly. Lloyd was given a standing ovation by the elected officials and those in attendance at the council meeting.

Councilmember Johnson said, "I've been out with the police officers many times. We have the best group. Thanks again, you guys are great!"

Economic Development Update
Economic Development Director Donald Adams gave a report on the economic development progress of the city. He mentioned we have a few wins and one loss. One of the wins is a new technology company going into Sorenson Research Park that will bring 40+ jobs to the city. Another company in Sorenson Research Park is expanding. This medical company will bring another 70+ jobs into the city and $8.5 million in investment.

The loss is a Taylorsville company that was looking to expanding, adding 1000 new jobs. Taylorsville did not make the short list for the expansion and the project is expected to land in Draper or Midvale. :(

Another exciting announcement is the development of the UDOT property, now called Bennion Point Business Park. This 121 acre business park is located at 6200 South, just east of Bangerter Highway. We will do a blog post in the near future highlighting this specific project.

Adams also announced a new Utah retailer coming to the western part of the city. This retailer will bring $15 million in new sales per year and has a desired opening in summer 2013.

Marketing for economic development includes an email campaign to economic development partners, developers, tenants and brokers. We will also link the info in the EDCU newsletter. New branding for the economic development department was introduced and a marketing video will come out next month.

Snow Plow Info
Kevyn Smeltzer from SL Co Public Works gave his report. Of particular interest was the discussion on the snow plowing. Because of budget constraints, snow plows are directed to plow cul-de-sacs the following day if overtime is being used. Residents also need to be aware that below 22 degrees the salt melt slows down and below 17 degrees it doesn't melt at all. Sometimes the snow is so packed that plows can't plow again without damaging the road.

Court Report
Judge Marsha Thomas gave a court report and cited a dramatic drop in case filings and reviewed statistics for such. She described case types: Traffic – 74%; Misdemeanor – 18%; Small Claims – 8%.  She gave clarification on an increase since the Council approved traffic patrol overtime. Expenses are outpacing revenues and they are focusing on decreasing expenses, streamlining processes/increasing compliance.  There are some areas where expenses are decreasing, i.e. indigent defense, interpreter and transportation as a result of lower caseload. They are not re-hiring two personnel positions. There is a continued analysis of expenses. Thomas also described ways that the court is streamlining processes and increasing compliance. She also cited collaboration with UPD on contacting defendants with outstanding warrants.

City Council Boundary Changes
When the state and county redistricted, some of the precincts did not line up with council boundaries.  Ordinance Review Committee Chair Monnica Manuel presented the preferred option which includes making district boundaries consistent with precinct boundaries and also moving the Ivory Highlands subdivision from District 4 into District 3 to better balance the populations. The council voted unanimously to make the change to the boundaries. Here is the old boundary map and then the new map:
Old Council Boundaries

New Council Boundaries